»2015 Alternative Break Trips

Impact Your World

Chapman University’s Alternative Break Program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to work with community agencies, needs, and populations in a week-long service and immersion experience. Civic Engagement Initiatives offers several Alternative Break Trip options with varying levels of direct service, learning, reflection, and immersion. The Alternative Break Program is designed to connect Chapman students to shared experiences that foster personal growth, mutual awareness, and civic engagement. The Program is committed to being a drug and alcohol free program.

For more information, contact a Civic Engagement Program Assistant at civic@chapman.edu.

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Homelessness in San Francisco, CA (Spring 2015)

Homelessness in San Francisco, CA (Spring 2015)

Up to 25% of San Francisco’s homeless population consists of families with children and more than half of these children have never lived in a permanent home. Additionally, homeless children are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school, and are significantly more likely not to finish high school. The Bay Area Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, clothing, after school tutoring for kids, and job skill training. Chapman volunteers will stay at Bay Area Rescue Mission facilities and work with youth by tutoring them in the BARM's youth center, helping with arts/crafts, and coordinating recreational activities to socialize with youth.  Students will return with a deeper understanding of the influences and impacts of homelessness and insight on the ways in which this problem is being addressed in the Bay Area.  

Conservation in the Grand Canyon, AZ (Spring 2015)

Conservation in the Grand Canyon, AZ (Spring 2015)The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the United States' oldest and most renowned national parks. While the creation of the park in 1919 may have been a success of the early conservation movement, this natural wonder faces continued threats including mining, pollution, water conservation, forest restoration, vegetation, and invasive plants.  Chapman volunteers will stay in cabins owned by the Park and work with the Park staff to clean impacted areas in the park to restore the Canyon's ecosystems.  Participants will learn about the environment and history of the Grand Canyon and understand the importance of any conservation and restoration effort.

Community Organizing in Central California (Spring 2015)

Community Organizing in Central California (Spring 2015)

The Dolores Huerta Foundation focuses on the systematic and structural transformation of social justice by educating communities on topics relating to health and safety, education and youth development, and economic justice.  Trip participants will stay in farm worker communities and learn about the various ways the Foundation supports community engagement and organizing to address current community needs.  By attending community meetings, supporting the work of the Foundation, and engaging in dialogue with community leaders, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the diverse worker communities and gain perspective and skills for effective civic engagement.

Teaching English/Caring for Elderly in Quito, Ecuador (Summer 2015)

Teaching English/Caring for Elderly in Quito, Ecuador (Summer 2015)

In Quito, Ecuador, the migrant slums on the outskirts are faced with crucial challenges that hinder the capital from developing effectively. Some of these challenges include limited access to water and electricity, poor housing conditions, and inefficient waste management. The indigenous and Afro- Ecuadorian population, who are the majority living in the slums, are discriminated by having limited access to social services. Ubelong is an international volunteering organization that joins people together to put forth efforts in achieving the common good. Chapman students will work with this impactful agency and stay at a volunteer house in Quito. They will have the opportunity to help with some of the challenges that the populations face, by either teaching English or caring for the elderly. Participants will first-hand learn the causes and conditions of an underdeveloped society and the actions that can be taken to improve the residents' lives. They will leave with a stronger understanding of how one can truly make a difference to those who are in great need of assistance. 

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